Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

Established in 1980, it is the first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

St. Alban-Rheinweg 60

Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art) is a joint endeavour of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, the Christoph Merian Foundation and the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Opened in 1980, the museum, that is run by the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, was the first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

Museum für Gegenwartskunst displays contemporary art from the collections of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and the Kunstmuseum. Since 2003, all holdings of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation that are not on show are housed in the Schaulager. In addition to changing presentations of the collection, which are kept in dialogue with the Museums exhibition activities, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst regularly schedules lectures and discussions on aspects of contemporary art, guided tours and commentated viewings of selected pieces.

Contacts & Details
tue, thu, fri, sat, sun 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; wed 11:00 am – 8:00 pm


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St. Alban-Rheinweg 60

Past Exhibitions
Cézanne to Richter – Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum Basel
Curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, “Cézanne to Richter – Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum Basel“,...
14 Feb 2015 - 21 Feb 2016
Martin Boyce, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel
The exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel), Martin Boyce...
25 Apr 2015 - 16 Aug 2015
Frank Stella – Paintings & Drawings
From May 9 until August 30, 2015, the Kunstmuseum Basel presents works by the American artist Frank Stella...
09 May 2015 - 30 Aug 2015
Joseph Beuys: Installations, Actions & Vitrines
Joseph Beuys is one of the most prominent—and one of the most controversial—artists of the twentieth...
19 Dec 2014 - 30 Jun 2016
Hilary Lloyd at Museum für Gegenwartskunst
The Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents the most extensive exhibition to date of works by the British...
12 May 2012 - 16 Sep 2012
Von Bildern. Strategien der Aneignung
Von Bildern presents art based on the appropriation of existing pictures and genres. Such processes often...
29 Aug 2015 - 24 Jan 2016
Cy Twombly : Painting and Sculpture
The American artist Cy Twombly is regarded, alongside his friends Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns,...
12 Sep 2015 - 13 Mar 2016
Enthralling Engraving. The Enterprise of Hendrick Goltzius
Late-sixteenth-century audiences were thrilled by the engravings of Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617),...
20 Aug 2016 - 13 Nov 2016
Archaeology of Salvation. The Image of Christ in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
In 1516, Johannes Froben in Basel printed the new translation of the Greek New Testament by Erasmus of...
10 Sep 2016 - 01 Jan 2017
Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Nothing for Eternity
The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart presents a solo exhibition of work by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. The artist,...
15 Oct 2016 - 26 Feb 2017
Johannes Willi: Free Willi 2
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart presents “Free Willi 2”, a solo exhibition by the conceptual...
26 Nov 2016 - 17 Apr 2017
Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes
Presented in a solo show is one of the most influential artists working today. He became famous with...
20 May 2017 - 10 Oct 2017
Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl. War Games
“War Games” is a dialogue between artists Martha Rosler (Brooklyn, NY) and Hito Steyerl (Berlin)...
05 May 2018 - 02 Dec 2018
William Kentridge: A Poem That Is Not Our Own
The exhibition “A Poem That Is Not Our Own” is dedicated to the internationally acclaimed...
08 Jun 2019 - 13 Oct 2019